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    She's beautiful Kuri, looks like she'd grow on you pretty fast too. So glad the rescue group got her back, sounds like it was a bonus for her that her previous owners didn't want her back, they don't deserve her... how could they have not wanted to collect her from the pound

    I've been looking at fostering, a lot, lately, so this thread is really interesting for me. As we've downsized our house (and yard), not sure that its big enough for 2 dogs, but we have an old beach house on a big block in a place where there are long empty beaches, so that could compensate. Looking forward to more stories about Jean

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    My net has been playing up with all this crazy weather and it's still playing up by not letting me upload photos

    Update on Jeanie. We have fallen in love with her even considering adopting her ourselves. After much deliberation with my partner, having a good long hard think about what's best for her we've decided it's probably not us. Nothing to do with her disability, if anything it doesn't slow her down at all, mainly a combination of things - not owning my own home & if i finally, finally make it into the police force it's going to be really tough to find time to spend with her let alone molly - but at least molly is already trained, Jeanie still has alot to learn! This one is going to be even harder to say goodbye to... she is such a treasure.

    I have a meeting set up for her on saturday with a possible owner and i'm very excited to meet with him, he sounds wonderful for her. Fingers crossed that all goes well and i don't cry! Lol

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    ' Kuri_89' - something I found for you !

    A Foster Dog Poem .jpg

    Tears are fine - so don't feel embarrassed - or try to stop them !

    BTW - congratulations on your first foster finding a forever home. Maybe it's time for a thread rename ?

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    Thanks for that riley, that poem has reminded me what its all about and that there is a bigger picture as to what i am doi g and that is ultimately finding them loving homes so i can help another.

    Sheesh i knew it was going to be hard & that i was going to want to keep one or two along the way lol but i'm really struggling with this one. I guess you kinda have to keep yourself detatched, but if your going to make a valiant effort with them there is no way out of creating any sort of bond. You feed them, walk them everyday. Bathe them, play with them, put so much energy working on there issues and then perhaps the majority - never see them again? Ever? Are they happy? Are they treated as good as i have taught them to be treated?

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    I don't think you could or should stay detached. I think you just have to accept heartbreak as part of the process. Sometimes letting go will be harder than other times. You probably will find that you agonize over it less though. You'll know what's coming and why it has to be done.

    I follow a fair bit of dog rescue related stuff and I know how many dogs are out there needing new homes and I also know there are never enough carers to save all the ones that end up at the pound. You're doing a fantastic job and putting off*adopting will save lives in the end.

    Hope the potential owner is right for her and that she will be happy ever after.

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    'Kuri_89' - Good Luck for tomorrow with the visit from a perspective new owner for Jeanie !

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    So i met with this guy on the saturday and he was absolutely wonderful, we walked the dogs together and had a coffee and a good yarn for 2hrs about the future of jeanie, what he has to offer her, what i would like for her yada yada ya & i knew he was was the perfect choice for her, could offer everything i wanted for her and more importantly the energy and the time that i know i couldnt compete with. By sunday his home inspection was completed and i was able to give him Jeanie sunday afternoon and blubbered like a baby all the way home

    She is going to have a wonderful life. He is an Older aged person though very fit and active especially given his disability. His last two collies would go kayaking with him and that is sowmthing he wants jean to experience. He has a trainer set up to help him out and get her into his hearding clinic but hes seems pretty knowledgeable with what he wants to achieve and how toget this done with her already. He lives next to the beach so she is going to have a fab time. Best of all i am most welcomed to see her whenever i like.

    Still hurts not having her around but i am more than happy with where she has gone to.

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    Great job, Kuri! How fabulous that she will have the kind of life that most dogs could just dream of!

    Hope the missing her will get better soon. My strategy with the cats is to get more fosters in straight away to distract me from that.

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    Wow Kuri, sounds like Jean hit the jackpot! You must have been so happy to know she's going to someone who plans to do so much with her. You've done so well ... these dogs are lucky to have someone who cares so much about their future. Looking forward to your next foster!!

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    she certainly has hit the jackpot! He goes to uni a couple of days a week which mean's 2 hours max alone time on those days, whilst she's alone she has some chicken brothers and sisters to play with and a huge backyard which is situated behind a very small apartment block (4 units max) with people coming and going who came to greet her when i dropped her off, which means lots a people around to keep her entertained and loved at all times. Her new owner is extremely active, rides his bike everywhere and he's made a carrier for her so when she gets tired he will pop her into it. Again he loves to hit the water with his kayak every afternoon so she will be out and about to her hearts content. Really great guy, lost his two border collies to his ex-wife in a divorce and all he wants is a companion. She's deaf & he has a prosthetic leg, so if anybody understands how a disability can't stop you it's definitely him. He has told me he would live in his car before he ever had to give a dog up again, which i believe whole heartily nevertheless i have let him know that my door is always open for her, anytime. He has promised to email photo's and whenever i head to the coast i am welcome to pick her up and take her out to the beach for the day! Yay!

    I won't be getting another foster for at least a month as the rescue is having a rest apart from emergency cases in which i'll be contacted, and that suits me fine as i have a few things to get through in the next couple of weeks. It's nice for things to go back to normal, having a foster come through sometimes causes abit of an upheaval depending on the dog, with Jean it meant shorter walks with her still being so young, getting up in the middle of the night for the toilet training lol but i do miss it. For now i'd like to go back to focusing on Molly for a little while, even though she's sulking too she gets up and walks to Jeans bed sometimes to look for her, even when i came back from dropping her off Molly had to walk around the car, jump in, jump out and looked confused lol and that hurts too, though she's probably happy not to have Jean hanging off her beard in the middle of the night and to get a good nights sleep she's been missing for a few weeks lol

    I got a text this morning to say all was well and she's adjusting well except for sleep time, she cries for a few minutes before drifting off to sleep - OH's fault for bringing her to our bed in the middle of the night!

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